Review by Choice Review
Rhetoric, the world's second oldest profession, is a hot topic these days, if one judges by the number of recent reference works on the subject. Sloane's work contains about 200 signed entries, ranging in length from a paragraph to more than 20 pages, complete with bibliographies, some annotated. The articles treat concepts used from ancient Greece until today, including "Classical Rhetoric," "Contingency and Probability," "Logos," and "Feminist Rhetoric." Cross-references abound, especially useful in a work dedicated to this interdisciplinary field, and a synoptic outline lets readers view how the encyclopedia's subjects were chosen and organized. Avoiding the more practical approach taken by Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition, ed. by Theresa Enos (CH, Jun'96), Sloane's work focuses on time periods and concepts rather than people. Although this work's scholarship is admirable and comprehensive, its focus on theoretical matters may put off all but the most determined undergraduates. Recommended for libraries supporting upper-division study in speech communication and writing. S. L. Nesbeitt Bridgewater State College
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Review by Library Journal Review
This ambitious new encyclopedia covers rhetoric from all times and places in some 200 signed entries by 120 scholarly contributors from around the world. Bibliographies are appended to each article, and the index and a Synoptic Outline of Contents provide fine access points. Typical articles include "Public Speaking," "Queer Rhetoric," "Synecdoche," and "Science." This work abstracts rhetoric from people, places, and cultures in search of the "principles" of rhetoric, excluding, for example, entries for relevant historical figures. This emphasis on the abstract differentiates it from the Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (Garland, 1996), which has more than twice as many entries in about the same number of pages and includes, for example, entries for people. Though these two excellent books often duplicate each other, both include information and insights not found in the other. Libraries serving patrons concerned with the art and history of rhetoric should have both. Given the high price of both books, other libraries will have to choose between the practicality of the older one and the more theoretical emphasis of the newer one.APeter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.